Florida's Judicial Qualifications Commission recommended Thursday that a state judge be removed after finding him guilty of violating several judicial rules in a series of incidents, led by his posting of false information about an election opponent on his own campaign website.
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Fla. Judge Should Be Removed For Campaign Offenses: Panel

Florida's Judicial Qualifications Commission recommended Thursday that a state judge be removed after finding him guilty of violating several judicial rules in a series of incidents, led by his posting of false information about an election opponent on his own campaign website. Read more »

Robot Surgery Suit Tossed Too Soon, Fla. Appeals Panel Says

A Florida appeals panel Friday revived a malpractice suit claiming that part of a robot left inside a patient’s body for years following a hernia surgery contributed to his untimely death, as it disagreed with a lower court that the allegations were vague or already dismissed.  Read more »

Uber Driver Can't Sue Over Gun-Carrying Ban, Judge Says

A Florida federal judge on Friday tossed an Uber driver’s proposed class action alleging the rideshare giant’s rule prohibiting drivers and passengers from carrying a gun violates their constitutional rights, finding that the driver has not claimed he’s been harmed by the policy and therefore can’t sue. Read more »

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SDFL Adopts Guidelines For Cooperation On Int'l Bankruptcies

The Southern District of Florida's bankruptcy court has adopted guidelines for communication and cooperation between courts in cross-border insolvency matters that practitioners say will help courts efficiently handle the increasing number of Chapter 15 cases filed in the region as its ties to Latin America continue to strengthen. Read more »

POLICY & REGULATION

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

ENFORCEMENT

LITIGATION

Tampa Bay Rays Call Foul On Concessionaire's Dismissal Bid

Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays urged a Florida federal court Friday to deny concessionaire Centerplate's bid to escape the ball club's breach of contract suit over an expiring 20-year pact, saying it has provided no basis and relies on “unfounded accusations.” Read more »

DEALS

Ashford Hospitality Prime Buying Florida Ritz For $171M

Ashford Hospitality Prime Inc. has reached an agreement to buy a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Sarasota, Florida, for $171 million, the Dallas-based real estate investment trust announced Friday. Read more »

PEOPLE

Real Estate Rumors: RBC, Gramercy, Virgo Business Centers

Royal Bank of Canada has reportedly loaned $236.6 million for a New York office property purchase, Gramercy Property Trust is said to have sold a Florida corporate center for $43.16 million and Virgo Business Centers is reportedly subleasing more than 42,000 square feet in Manhattan. Read more »

Massage Envy Ducks EEOC Suit Over Ebola Fear-Driven Firing

A Florida federal judge tossed EEOC claims that a Massage Envy franchise owner illegally fired an employee with plans to visit Ghana on fears she would return with the Ebola virus, finding Thursday she did not qualify as disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle LLP. Read more »

Tension Over 'Place Of Business' Timing For Patent Venue

Post-TC Heartland, an increasingly common venue dispute revolves around whether a patent defendant must have its "regular and established place of business" in the judicial district when filing the complaint, or only when the alleged act of infringement occurred. Two recent district court decisions appear to answer this question differently, say Brian Kwok and Winnie Wong of Haynes and Boone LLP. Read more »

Register Your California Cannabis Trademarks Now

Any cannabis business that is holding its breath waiting for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to start registering cannabis-related trademarks should give up. But those located in states that have legalized recreational and/or medicinal cannabis should immediately seek state trademark registration where available, says Joshua Cohen, leader of Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP's intellectual property group. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Feature

5 Ways Law Firms Can Avoid Lateral Hiring Regret

Despite valuing lateral hiring as an integral element of their strategies, many law firms are failing to properly screen potential hires and, as a result, are often disappointed when promises made during the interview don't pan out. Here, Law360 looks at five ways firms can avoid lateral hiring remorse. Read more »

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How To Turn Jurors Into Advocates For Your Case

It may seem like a nightmare scenario for a trial attorney: giving a closing argument and feeling the majority of the jury is going against you. But trial attorneys say that as long as you know there's one juror committed to your case who's been armed with your arguments, a verdict in your favor is no dream. Read more »

Ex-Allen & Overy Atty's Psych Exam Story Falls Flat

Two New York state appeals judges scoffed at a fired Allen & Overy LLP attorney seeking to lift sanctions and revive her sexual harassment suit against the firm at a hearing Friday, hammering the attorney for cutting short a court-ordered psychiatric examination by threatening to have the doctor arrested. Read more »

Convicted Dewey Exec's SEC Deal Hinges On Criminal Appeal

A settlement between the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP chief financial officer Joel Sanders, who was convicted of fraud, rests on the outcome of Sanders' criminal appeal, a Manhattan federal judge heard Friday. Read more »

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Up Next At High Court: Double Jeopardy, Self-Incrimination

The U.S. Supreme Court will enter the underworld of burglars, spouse abusers and drug dealers in its first week back on the bench after a long winter recess, hearing a busy criminal docket presenting constitutional questions around double jeopardy and self-incrimination that are critical to the white collar bar. Read more »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

The general counsel for the parent company of Midas received a​ two-year stayed suspension for practicing out of state, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed optimism that the burgeoning #MeToo movement will have a sustained impact,​ and PNC Bank’s general counsel shared with Law360 why he​​ moved in-house after spending much of his career at law firms. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read more »

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Law360's Pro Say: What Does 'Partner' Even Mean?

On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we discuss how law firms are full of people with the title “partner,” but after years of change the title ain’t always what it used to be; a big ruling on the destruction of New York City graffiti space “5Pointz”; a new lawsuit claiming bar prep giant Barbri colluded with top law schools to crush competitors; and Taylor Swift’s efforts to shake off a lawsuit over song lyrics. Read more »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read more »

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Cozen O'Connor

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Farella Braun

Fox & Loquasto

Gibson Dunn

Greenberg Traurig

Haynes and Boone

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

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Jenner & Block

Jones Day

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Levy Vinick

Liles Gavin

Locke Lord

Miller Tack

Morgan Brown

Morgan Lewis

Morvillo Abramowitz

Murphy & McGonigle

Ogletree Deakins

Orrick Herrington

Proskauer Rose

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Ropes & Gray

Sequor Law

Simpson Thacher

Skadden

Waters Kraus

Weil Gotshal

Wendel Rosen

Wiand Guerra

Williams & Connolly

COMPANIES

Activision Blizzard, Inc

Adventist Health System Inc.

Apple Inc.

Association of Corporate Counsel

Cable News Network Inc.

Centerplate Inc.

Cray Inc

ESPN Inc.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Electronic Privacy Information Center

Extended Stay Inc.

Facebook

Google Inc.

Gramercy Property Trust Inc.

IMF Bentham Ltd.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Lowe's Companies, Inc.

Major League Baseball Inc.

Massage Envy LLC

Microsoft Corporation

ParkerVision, Inc.

Pnc Financial Services Group,The

Prime Inc.

QUALCOMM Incorporated

Ritz-Carlton Company LLC

Royal Bank of Canada

Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc.

Snap Inc.

TBC Corp.

Tampa Bay Rays

Twitter Inc.

Uber Technologies Inc.

Wynn Resorts Ltd.

Zeughauser Group LLC

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